STFC business opportunities

There are opportunities for UK companies to supply products and services to the international science facilities in which the UK is a member. These include CERN, ESO, ILL, ESRF, ESS, FAIR and the SKAO.

Contract opportunities at these facilities exist in a wide range of sectors and across all technology levels; from civil engineering through to precision mechanical engineered parts. Our business opportunities team provides free assistance to help UK companies win contracts.

How can we help you?

We provide:

  • advanced notice of upcoming tenders from international science facilities
  • support and advice on the tenders processes for our international facilities
  • targeted events to link you with facility procurement specialists.

Through our business opportunities service we provide free assistance to UK companies working in a diverse range of sectors. From office supplies to instrumentation we help businesses to access contracts from the large international science facilities that we fund on behalf of the UK.

Contact the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Business Opportunities team:


Find out more in our Opportunities to Tender factsheet

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Need help with exporting?

The Department for International Trade (DIT):

  • promotes British trade and investment across the world
  • helps UK businesses succeed in their international development
  • provides advice, support, and international market knowledge to UK industry.

If you have a question about exporting from the UK or would like more information on how to get started, visit the Department for International Trade website for export guidance and services.

UK Export Finance (UKEF), working alongside DIT, is the UK’s export credit agency. It works with over 100 private credit insurers and lenders to help UK companies access export finance. This can include loans, insurance policies or bank guarantees that enable international trade to take place as easily and securely as possible. UKEF can support exports for any size of company, across all sectors.

Key information on the facilities

For more information on each of the facilities, including their procurement processes and tips for bidding, please see the specific facility pages about tendering to:

Last updated: 22 April 2022

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